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Interim Director of Development

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George Jackson Academy | New York, NY
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George Jackson Academy


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Published 13 days ago

Start Date

August 1, 2019

Application Deadline

July 19, 2019


George Jackson Academy (GJA) is NYC’s only independent, non-sectarian, need-blind upper elementary and middle school for bright boys from low-income families. The school was created to engage underserved, academically capable boys from 5th to 8th grade, a time when young men are particularly vulnerable to disengaging from school. GJA creates a life-changing experience by challenging its students to grow not only as scholars, but also as friends and brothers in the community. No child is denied admission because of an inability to pay.


GJA seeks a Director of Development to join the leadership team of the school and lead the school’s fundraising efforts. Currently, GJA raises more than $2.5M per year and serves a student body of 140 boys. GJA needs an ambitious and creative Director of Development to build a robust fundraising operation for the school. To that end, the Director of Development will be equally comfortable in crafting both long and short term development strategy, as well as in managing others toward ambitious results. The Director of Development will be interested in not only continuing the practices that have thus far garnered consistent support from GJA’s current base of supporters, but also in creatively diversifying its donor base through entrepreneurial tactics and approaches.


RESPONSIBILITIES

- Create long-term development vision and annual strategic development plans.

Set ambitious yet feasible revenue, donor retention, and acquisition benchmarks to achieve both immediate (current fiscal year) and long-term (next 3-5 years) development goals.

- Work closely with the Head of School and Board to strategically broaden and diversify GJA’s fundraising base.

- Make direct asks for support from a diverse portfolio of donors including high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and corporations utilizing meetings, events, and correspondence.

- Design a stewardship strategy to maintain the school’s connections with existing donors and board members, and consistently engage new prospects.

- Design and implement a plan for involving board members with fundraising and development.

- Support and prepare school leadership in appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding of major donors.

- Lead Associate Board trustees as they fundraise for and develop alumni efforts

- Design creative and thoughtful events to solicit donors old and new

- Oversee and coordinate communications and marketing, including:

Annual Appeal (fall and spring), Annual report, E-Communications (including social media), Website, Donor correspondence, including outreach letters/proposals, stewardship and donor recognition, acknowledgements, and continuing contact.

- Direct all prospect research, data collection, and reporting to internal and external constituencies.

- Manage both a part-time Assistant Director of Development and part-time Development Assistant to ensure progress toward goals, utilizing open communication and a moves-management system/database.

- Support, attend, and/or participate in school activities, including faculty meetings and retreats, 8th grade graduation, alumni reunions, board meetings, and various other GJA community events.



CANDIDATE PROFILE AND QUALIFICATIONS

- Bachelor’s degree required.

- Five to ten years of experience in a professional development role, including experience in direct solicitation of gifts. Candidates with similar experience in corporate business development or sales will also be considered.

- Strong knowledge of the education and philanthropic landscapes in New York City preferred.

- Proven experience of achieving a substantial fundraising goal and managing internal and external stakeholders to achieve this goal.

- Extensive background in creating, sustaining, and managing relationships with major gift donors or high-net-worth individuals.

- Demonstrated success in an entrepreneurial environment bringing new and creative ideas from conception to implementation.

- Familiarity with building and sustaining strong development systems and structures.

- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; past experience with donor databases strongly preferred.



COMPENSATION

George Jackson Academy offers competitive compensation and benefits, in addition to opportunities for personal and professional growth as well as the rewards of serving high-need students, families, and communities from across New York City.

George Jackson Academy is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.


TO APPLY

Send a resume and cover letter explaining how you are right for this position to humanresources@georgejacksonacademy.org. No phone calls please.

George Jackson Academy (GJA) is NYC’s only independent, non-sectarian, need-blind upper elementary and middle school for bright boys from low-income families. The school was created to engage underserved, academically capable boys from…

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  • 4-Year Degree Required
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Benefits

George Jackson Academy offers competitive compensation and benefits, in addition to opportunities for personal and professional growth as well as the rewards of serving high-need students, families, and communities from across New York City.

George Jackson Academy is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

George Jackson Academy offers competitive compensation and benefits, in addition to opportunities for personal and professional growth as well as the rewards of serving…

How To Apply

TO APPLY

Send a resume and cover letter explaining how you are right for this position to humanresources@georgejacksonacademy.org. No phone calls please.

TO APPLY

Send a resume and cover letter explaining how you are right for this position to humanresources@georgejacksonacademy.org. No phone calls please.

Location

104 St. Mark's Place, New York, NY 10009
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